Are you interested in joining the Rockford Raptors and missed tryouts? It may not be too late! Please contact one of our Directors for information.
Frank Mateus - FrankMateus3@gmail.com
Hugh Ward - Shuggy6@comcast.net
US SOCCER MANDATE REGARDING AGE GROUP REGISTRATION BY CALENDAR BIRTH YEAR TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN 2016-17
US Soccer has mandated that all affiliated organizations register players based on birth years. US Youth Soccer competitions (which includes the MRL) will be implementing age group calendar year registration and competitions beginning with the 2016-17 soccer year as follows:
US Youth Soccer Statement on 2016-17 Age Groups
Eight Raptors teams traveled to Milwaukee to compete in the Kickers SC Indoor tournament. Congrats to the players and coaches and also the parents for their support!
Boys U10 Champs
Boys U13 Finalists
Boys U15 Select Finalist
Boys U17 Select Champs
Girls U11 Champs
Girls U12 Champs
Girls U13 Champs
Girls U14 Finalists
Raptors U11 Girls
Raptors U12 girls
Raptors U13 Girls
Raptors U13 boys
Raptors U10 boys
The Rockford Raptors College Panel was a great success on Wednesday January13th at the Indoor Sports Center.
The event was attended by members of the Raptors High School Boy's teams.
The Panel consisted of former Raptors players who have played in college or are currently playing in college.
University of Michigan
Played in the MLS with FC Dallas and Toronto FC
Cleveland State University
North Park University
The panel also consisted of Ian Christensen, former Chicago Fire Academy player, who attended Georgetown University and played for Red Bulls in MLS.
The panel answered questions concerning college recruitment, college life, playing in college and the process of picking a college that works for the individual.
The Raptors in 2015 had 16 boy's players who went onto play in college and in 2014 there were 14 boy's players who are currently playing.
LOVES PARK, IL – October 24, 2015 – For many of the Rockford Raptors FC teams, the celebration of Octoberfest came early in the month and there is no sign of slowing down as the club finishes out October with many accomplishments. Here is a recap:
Nike Classic Cup
The U13 boys went undefeated, winning the final over Michigan Impact (MI) 2-1. The team won matches against Legacy SC (IL), Sockers All Stars (IL) and Premier SC PSG (MI) by the scores of 3-1, 9-2, 7-2 and respectively.
The U14 girls earned their championship title with a final win over Iowa Rush (IA) by the score of 2-1. The team won matches against X-Treme Select (ON), United Hurricanes (WI) and Three Lions United (IN) by the scores of 3-2, 1-1 and 3-0 respectively
The U14 boys captured the Sockers FC Nike Classic Cup Championship, going undefeated in pool play and winning the final over Rev Raptors (MN) 4-3.
The Raptors won matches against FC Peoria (IL), Three Lions United (IN) and Michigan Tigers (MI) by scores of 3-1, 4-1 and 5-1 respectively.
Rush Wisconsin Octoberfest Tournament
The U13 girls were finalist at the Rush Wisconsin Octoberfest Tournament held Oct 10-11 in Madison WI. The Raptor Girls played in the top U13 girls bracket. The team posted wins over Oregon SC Arsenal (WI), Lakeshore United FC (WI) and FC Wisconsin Eclipse (WI) by the scores of 3-1, 3-1 and 4-1. Their only loss came to the hands of the host Rush by the score of 2-1
The U15 girls came away with second in points at the Rush event by drawing Waunakee YSC (WI) and Rush Wisconsin (WI), each by the score of 2-2. The team bested the Croatian Eagles 2-1.
Illinois FC Fall Cup
The U10 girls were finalists at the Illinois FC Fall Cup in Champaign, IL. The team went 1-1-1 and lost in the finals. Wins came over Green White Grun (1-1) and Pekin Pride (8-0). The team’s only loss came at the hands of champion Real Stl Luczak (3-0).
LOVES PARK, IL – SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 – The Rockford Raptors FC and the Rangers North American Academy today announced that U12 girls student-athlete Madisyn Smith has been invited to the 2016 Rangers Elite Academy, held in Glasgow, Scotland in the spring of 2016.
Smith participated in the Rangers’ ID camp earlier this year and was identified as one of the candidates that exceeded the standards set forth by the Rangers’ coaching staff. Smith is coached on her U12 team by Jason Parsons.
“We are honored and excited to partner with such a prestigious club as the Glasgow Rangers,” said Rockford Raptors Director of Coaching Hugh Ward. “Having a player like Madisyn exposed to the Rangers coaching philosophy is definitely a huge win for everyone.”
Good luck Madisyn on your trip to Scotland!
LOVES PARK, IL – September 24, 2015 - Rockford Raptors U14 student-athlete Reegan Kingpaong has been selected for the United States Youth Soccer Association’s Region II ODP (Olympic Development Program) team, which will compete in Boca Raton, FL, November 20-26, 2015. She is one of 18 players chosen to compete against teams from all four US regions, and one of four from Illinois.
Reegan first started playing soccer for the Rockford Raptors FC when she was eight years old. This is her first season competing for an ODP roster slot, which conducts training and tryout sessions most of the winter season. The first step is to be selected to represent Illinois on the state select team; players are then chosen for a regional pool, which consists of the best players from the region’s 14 state squads. From there, only 18 are chosen to travel to Boca for the Thanksgiving event.
“ODP motivates me to work hard and be the best player for my age group and also to represent my club,” says Kingpavong. “Playing with different girls from different clubs makes me realized that I have to work really hard in order for me to reach my goal, which is to make it to the National team. Since being in ODP, I learned that hard work does pay off. I learned that I have to work really hard with everything, in order for me to reach my dream, which is to be a professional soccer player and hopefully one day I can be play with the National teams.”
Reegan likes the intensive training sessions that ODP provides, meeting new coaches, playing with and meeting new soccer players from different clubs.
Good luck Reegan in Boca Raton!
LOVES PARK, IL - September 7, 2015 - It was another busy weekend for the Rockford Raptors FC teams as the Club hosted the PUMA Labor Day Cup and College Showcase at Sportscore Two in Loves Park, IL. Over 130 teams competed in the two-day event.
Six Raptors teams were crowned as Champions: Raptors U11 Girls, Raptors U14 Boys, Raptors U13 Girls, Raptors U10 Boys, Raptors U14 Girls and Raptors U16 Girls. Three other Raptors teams were finalists: Raptors U12 Boys, Raptors U12 Girls and Raptors U8 Junior Boys. the U13 Boys were knocked out in the Semi-finals of there bracket. The Raptors U12 Boys captured finalist in the U12/U13 bracket.
Raptors U16 Girls claim top spot in the U16 Showcase Pool. With a total of four wind in two days, Hugh Ward's U16 team earned the most points in the group with two wins (Appleton SC 3-1 and TCSA Premier Black 3-0) and two draws (Brookfield Soccer Association 1-1 and Wisconsin Rush 1-1).
"We are very happy that all of our teams competed well throughout the event," said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors Director of Coaching. "While it is early in the season, each team is working well together and the kids are really developing. This tournament is a great chance for our club to start the fall season."
U14 Raptors Girls Champions
U8 Raptor Junior Boys Finalists
U14 Raptors Boys Champions
U10 Raptors Boys Champions
U12 Raptor Boys Finalists
U12 Raptors Girls Finalists
U13 Raptors Girls Champions
U11 Raptors Girls Champions
LOVES PARK, IL – Rockford Raptors FC youth teams had a busy weekend in the Chicagoland suburbs, winning four championships on Sunday afternoon – just as their fall schedule kicks into gear. Celebrating these crowns were the U10 boys, U12 girls, U13 girls and U15 girls.
The U10 boys breezed through pool play at the TCSA (Tri Cities Soccer Association) Classic Cup held in St. Charles, IL. They defeated Rock Run SC (8-0), TCSA Lightning (8-0) and Fox Valley Bayern Munich (8-0), and bested Fox Valley Bayern Munich 4-2 for the title. All of the players scored at least one goal in the tournament. The team is coached by Marco Junod.
The U12 girls did not allow a goal in four matches, topping Peak Soccer Academy U13 girls 2-0, Fusion U13 Premier 1-0 and drawing with Team Elmhurst Select U13s 0-0. The final saw a rematch with Fusion U13 Premier with the Raptors coming out on top 1-0 on a goal by Madeline Martinez. Haley Massari registered four clean sheets over the course of the weekend. The team is coached by Jason Parsons
Both the Raptor girls U13s and U15s played at the annual Kickers United SC Back to School Classis, held in Elgin, IL. The U13 girls ran through the top U13 pool by defeating CSA (2-1), Kickers United FC (2-1) and TCSA Tigers (2-1). The final saw the Raptors notching another win over CSA 6-1.
The U15 girls played in the U16 flight and posted clean sheets in the first two contests with wins over Villadolid and Premier SC Black by scores of 2-0 and 4-0 respectively. Their final pool match saw physical play take afoot in a 2-2 draw with NIFC, however the Raptors were able to battle to a 2-0 win in the final. Both teams are coached by Frank Mateus and Brad Blecker. Danny Zambrano was also coaching the U15 Girls team this weekend with all the conflicts.
Raptor teams will see action this Labor Day weekend, at the Club hosts the 2015 PUMA Labor Day Cup and College Showcase at ISC/Sportscore Two in Loves Park, IL September 4th through the 6th. Over 130 teams from the Midwest are slated to play in the event.
U10 boys - TCSA Classic Cup Champions
Girls U12 TCSA Classic Cup Champs
U13 girls - Kickers United / Back to School Champions
U15 girls - Kickers United / Back to School Champions
LOVES PARK, IL – The Rockford Raptors FC U13 Select Girls captured the Crystal Lake Force Tournament August 21-23, going undefeated in all four matches, defeating Palatine Celtic SC Select 3-1 in the final. Multiple goals by Breanna Culver and Madeline Martinez propelled the Raptors through pool play, defeating Palatine Select SC, Crystal Lake Force Select and McHenry Soccer U13 Viper Girls by the scores of 6-1, 4-1 and 3-3 respectively. Carina Colletti and Martinez each had goals in the final. The team is coached by Danny Zambrano
Crystal Lake Tournament Champions
July 12, 2015 - LOVES PARK, IL - The Rockford Raptors FC announced today that thirty six student-athletes have accepted soccer scholarships to play at the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA collegiate levels for the 2015-16 season.
"These student-athletes have done a tremendous job developing not only in soccer, but they have many successes off the field in their respective schools and within their communities, said Frank Mateus, Rockford Raptors FC Director of Coaching. “We have thoroughly enjoyed having them in our program and wish them nothing but the best as their college careers develop.”
Please join us for a signing event on Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at ISC.
Raptors have signed a partnership agreement with Glasgow Rangers North American Academy. See attached press release.
Please vist the Glasgow Rangers web site for more club details.
Congratulations to the following players who have committed to play college soccer.
Girl's 2015 Graduates
Taylor Sarver: Northern Illinois University (NCAA Division 1)
Elizabeth Parrilli: Depaul University (NCAA Division 1)
Allyson Hayner: IPFW (NCAA Division 1)
Taylor Howe: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA Division1)
Mariah Katzenberger: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA Division1)
Leigha Crowder: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)
Shelby Seiter: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)
Reyna Ortega: Robert Morris University Chicago (NAIA)
Ivanna Chavez: Cardinal Stritch University (NAIA)
Lexi Zambrano: Trinity Christian College (NAIA)
Dani Dahl: Coe College (NCAA III)
Haley Grunewald: Augustana College (NCAA III)
Elizabeth Martinez: Augustana College (NCAA III)
Maria "Suzy" Pelayo: Parkland College Cobras (NJCAA Division 1)
Ana Victorov: University of Dubuque (NCAA III)
Kirsten Pontius: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (NCAA III)
Taylor Joiner: Aurora University (NCAA III)
Boy's 2015 Graduates
Adem Dzananovic: Loyola University Chicago (NCAA Division 1)
Nathan Wisbey: University of Dayton (NCAA Division 1)
Matt Huftalin: University of Wisconsin - Platteville (NCAA Division III)
Diego Garcia: St.Francis University -(NAIA)
Yair Ortega: Benedictine University (NCAA Division III)
Keegan Dolphin: North Park University (NCAA Division III)
Jose Barrio: North Park University (NCAA Division III)
Tristan Davenport: Luther College (NCAA Division III)
Dante Euell: St.Ambrose University (NAIA)
Gio Martinez: Ashford University (NAIA)
Angel Carreno: Elmhurst College (NCAA Division III)
Anthony Deseno: North Park University (NCAA Division III)
Adam Pearson: Carleton College (NCAA Division III)
Ricky Rubio: Rock Valley CC (NJCAA)
Alexis Galves: Rock Valley CC (NJCAA)
Nick Krahmer: Rock Vally CC (NJCAA)
Ryan Blackburn: Illinois Institute of Technology (NAIA)
Please see below for the Raptors FC outline of programs available for yor child. Contact us with any questions you may have.
Thank you, Raptors FC Staff
Dr. Milos practices orthopaedic surgery at Swedish American Hospital. He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery. He completed his medical school and residency program at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then went on and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Baylor University in Houston.
Dr. Milos has been involved in soccer since his youth. He played soccer through college and officiated at the collegiate level. He was also the team physician for the Rockford Rampage during their tenure in Rockford.
He looks forward to working with the players, coaches, and staff. Dr. Milos can be reached at:
•More than 200 former Raptor Players have gone on to play at the College level.
•3 former players now play in the MLS
•Currently More ODP Players than any other local Club
•More National Team players come from Raptors FC than any other local Club
•TopDrawerSoccer.com has listed 2 Raptors FC players on the Top 100 players in the Country
•Only Player from Rockford named to ESPN’s Rize All Chicago Team
•Only local Club to have players selected to All-Midwest Regional Team
•Entire Coaching staff is certified and licensed while more Raptors Coaches hold advanced diploma‘s and more Licensed "A" coaches than any other local club.
•Average tenure for a Raptors Coach is more than 6 years with the Club and many have been with the Club since the inception.
•National Champions (2 times)
•National Runner-up 2004 and 2005
•Regional Champions (5 Times)
•Establishedin 1994 as one professional team in the former USISL (now called USL, a second divisionleague below MLS) with the help of Dr. Wedgbury and established Youth system shortly thereafter. Doing so with the sole purpose of creating quality soccer training opportunity for Rockford’s youth. Later was the backing for establishing ISC and Sportscore Two as The premier Soccer Facility in the Country.
•Annually provides more than $70,000 in scholarships and financial aid for players.
•Annually provides recreational leagues for more than 2,000 kids
•ONLY Local Club that have participated in MRL (boys & Girls) since its inception.
•Established and continues to host one of the most successful and sought after tournaments in the Midwest and Country as The Puma Cup hosts more than 680 teams annually over 2 weekends in April.
•Established and hired a Full-time Professional Athletic Trainer. To continue to raise and set the bar for other Clubs to try and copy but not duplicate. The ONLY local Club to do so.
•2009 Raptors named as PUMA Premier ClubThe Rockford Raptors have received the designation as a Puma Premier Club. They join an elite group of clubs from across the nation: Sacramento United (Sacramento, Ca), Les Bois SC (Boise, ID), Southern California Blues (Costa Mesa, CA), Albion SC (San Diego, Ca), TSF Academy (Lincoln Park, NJ), Brooklyn Italians, (New York, NY), Charlotte United (Charlotte, NC) and Snohomish United (Snohomish, WA)
Passion, Dedication, Loyalty and Honor
Rockford Raptors FC